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Donald Trump insists Mexico will pay for border wall

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shake hands after a joint statement at Los Pinos the presidential official residence in Mexico City Wednesday Aug. 31 2016 Donald Trump insists Mexico will pay for border wall
Stacy Diaz | 01 September, 2016, 13:38

During his speech on Wednesday, Trump outlined his plan to control illegal immigration.

For weeks, Donald Trump flirted with a self-described "softening" of the hard-line immigration policies that propelled him to the Republican nomination, raising the hopes of party officials, some Hispanic leaders and skeptical voters unnerved by his presidential candidacy.

After an unexpected visit to Mexico on Wednesday, Donald Trump is set to deliver a much-anticipated speech on immigration in Arizona.

Amid an outcry that he had invited such an unpopular figure to Mexico, Mr Peña Nieto said some of Mr Trump's policies posed grave threats to his country.

Peña Nieto was less combative as he addressed reporters alongside Trump. Trump is calling h.

The fiery speech confirmed Trump's hard line on immigration shortly after he insisted to Pena Nieto that a giant wall would be built on the US-Mexico border if he is elected. And he vowed that no person living in the United States illegally could chart a path to legal status without first leaving the country.

Trump's visit to Mexico City took place hours before he was due to deliver a highly anticipated speech in the U.S. border state of Arizona on how he would tackle illegal immigration if he wins the election.

Trump has said, if elected on November 8, he would carry out a pledge to build a wall along the USA southern border with Mexico to prevent illegal crossings into the United States.

Later in Phoenix, Trump painted many illegal immigrants as murderers, which served as red meat to his mainly white supporter base.

"We will issue detainers for illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever and they will be placed into immediate removal proceedings", he said.

The Republican presidential candidate took a harsh line on immigration saying, "Our message to the world will be this: you can not obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country". Finally, another large plank in Trump's immigration policy is his oft-made promise to establish a force to round-up all 11 million immigrants in the US illegally.

Later, he was questioned over the practicality of making this work. On Wednesday, Trump offered a few appeals to those groups, repeating his suggestion that Clinton's lax policies toward immigration reform translate into fewer jobs and opportunities for blacks and Hispanics.

Former President Vicente Fox told local media that Trump was trying to boost his sagging campaign. "What can this meeting bring us, except surrealism in all its splendor?"

"It is still the most extreme position of any modern presidential candidate", said Frank Sharry, a leading immigration advocate.

Still, adding to the uncertainty that has clouded his immigration plan in recent days, Trump did not give a definitive answer about what he would do with most of the 11 million undocumented people who are not criminals, leaving open the possibility they would have to continue to hide in the shadows.

Trump is trailing Clinton in opinion polls and the NY businessman's aides hoped the trip would make him look presidential and show he was willing to deal head-on with thorny issues such as relations with Mexico.

Defiant Donald Trump told the President of Mexico that the United States has the right to build a border wall to stop illegal immigration - but seemed to forget who should pay for it.

He asks the crowd who will pay for the wall, and supporters shout back, "Mexico!".

"Donald Trump has made his outlandish policy of forcing Mexico to pay for his giant wall the centerpiece of his campaign".

With the meeting held behind closed doors, it was impossible to know who was telling the truth.

"We recognise and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs and weapons".

Donald Trump is struggling to get his story straight on his infamous pledge to build a wall in Mexico.

- "I'm not going to pay for that f***ing wall".

In an interview with CNN in July, the Mexican President said there was "no way" that Mexico would pay for any such wall. "From there, the conversation addressed other subjects and developed in a respectful manner".

Trump was cheered in Arizona, but his appearance in Mexico sparked anger and protests.

In his announcement of his presidential candidacy past year, Trump derided Mexico as a source of rapists and criminals coming to the USA, and his presence yesterday sparked anger and protests across the capital city. The mechanism could be as simple as only pursuing for deportation those who have committed crimes beyond their immigration status, or creating a pathway for immigrants here illegally to legally remain in the country.